Open Journal of Modern Neurosurgery

Volume 9, Issue 3 (July 2019)

ISSN Print: 2163-0569   ISSN Online: 2163-0585

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Tendon Transfer for Foot Drop: A Simple Procedure with Effective Outcome Local Experience

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DOI: 10.4236/ojmn.2019.93025    1,033 Downloads   1,627 Views  Citations


Introduction: Patients presented with old neglected common peroneal nerve injuries, failed 2ry repair, compression neuropathies not improved after decompression and closed injuries with no improvement on conservative measures which are still unsolved problems. Poor recovery of this nerve after repair or decompression gives great importance to tendon transfer in these situations. Material and Methods: This study was conducted in Neurosurgery Department of Mansoura University from 2015 to 2018 on twenty-six patients (16 males and 10 females). Their age ranged from 6 - 58 years. All of them presented with persistent foot drop at least for one year after injury with no signs of improvement clinically or in electrophysiological studies. All patients underwent tibialis posterior tendon transfer through the interosseous membrane to the tendons of the leg anterior compartment. All of them were put in a plaster cast for four weeks postoperative. A physiotherapeutic program was applied for all patients as preoperative preparation and postoperative rehabilitation. Results: Twenty-two patients showed satisfactory results, three patients fair improvement and one patient no improvement. Two patients had wound infection and there was no mortality in this study. Conclusion: Tendon transfer is an effective valid solution to be considered in the management of foot drop in these patients.

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Sobky, H. , Ali, N. and Khalil, A. (2019) Tendon Transfer for Foot Drop: A Simple Procedure with Effective Outcome Local Experience. Open Journal of Modern Neurosurgery, 9, 258-268. doi: 10.4236/ojmn.2019.93025.

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